Lately I’ve been saying to myself, “If you want to be a cartoonist, you need to draw cartoons”. Not that I don’t draw cartoons, just that I need to pick up the pace at which I do. It’s certainly not for a lack of ideas. Currently, I have 4 ideas for graphic novels that I’ve written notes and parts about, and have outlined the story. They are much more then “I have an idea about a comic about space worms!” (Great, now I have 5 graphic novels I want to do…).I would love to take Kool Aid Gets Fired and do a longer version of it. Currently I’m working with someone on a comic for a submission for Zuda Comics.
I have a host of smaller one off comics that I’ve scripted out. An idea for an ongoing comic that can be done in sections, because each section stands alone.
So, yeah ideas, I got. I have the desire and ambition, what I am building is discipline to sit here and work. Hence my new mantra. I wake up and I tell myself that. And I try and keep it in mind during the day. It’s easy to get distracted in this day and age. Internet gives the illusion of human interaction. Video games give the illusion of accomplishment (When it’s always just stick and carrot). TV lets you take your mind off the hook. Even our phones are a distraction.
The fact is, I’m never going to be the cartoonist I want to be if I don’t develop the discipline to work on comics, all the time, not just when the fire is hot. I am developing making the fire hot as much as I can.
You can apply that mantra to anything you want in life. If you want to lose weight, you need to do things to lose weight, if you want to be muscular, you must work out work and build your muscles.